TARGET INDUSTRIES & DEMAND OCCUPATIONS

Virginia Blue Ridge is a diverse region with various industries represented in the regional economy. Over the next ten years, specific industries have been identified as target and emerging industries for the region:

          Industry Cluster Total
Jobs
(2016)
Projected
Jobs Change
(2016-2021)
Projected
Job Growth
(2016-2021)
Existing Target Industries
Healthcare 21,364 2,280 11%
Manufacturing 17,960 (720) (4%)
Construction 11,933 343 3%
Transportation & Warehousing 7,261 296 4%
Financial Services 717 720 0%
Emerging Target Industries
Food & Beverage Manufacturing 1,214 37 3%
Life Sciences 17,968 1,875 10%
Information Technology 4,424 268 6%

Within those industries, there are occupations that are projected to be in higher demand over the course of the next decade. Learn more about these occupations below, including local businesses in need of qualified employees, click on any of the occupation names to access our local fact sheet. To learn more about the target industries and additional occupations that are predicted to grow in the next decade, click on any of the industry names.

Target Industries Emerging Industries
Healthcare Manufacturing Construction Transportation &
Warehousing
Financial Services Food & Beverage
Manufacturing
Life Sciences Information
Technology
Registered
Nurses
Team Assemblers Electricians Heavy and
Tractor-Trailer
Truck Drivers
Financial
Managers
Food
Batchmakers
Insurance Claims
and Policy
Processing Clerks
Software
Developers,
Applications
Nursing
Assistants
Food
Batchmakers
Construction
Managers
Bus Drivers,
School or Special
Client
Customer Service
Representatives
Demonstrators
and Product
Promoters
Customer Service
Representatives
Computer User
Support
Specialists
Licensed
Practical Nurses
Welders, Cutters,
Solderers, &
Brazers
Electrician Helpers Dispatchers First-Line
Supervisors of
Non-Retail
Workers
Packaging and
Filling Machine
Operators
Registered
Nurses
Computer Systems
Analysts
Mental Health Social Workers Industrial Machinery Mechanics Operating Engineers Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers Tellers Sales Representatives Claims Adjusters and Examiners Software Developers, Systems Software
Medical and Health Services Managers Carpenters Office Clerks Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers Financial Managers First-Line Supervisors of Production Workers Team Assemblers Network and Computer Systems Administrators
Receptionists and Information Clerks Machinists Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers First-Line Supervisors, Transportation Operators Construction and Building Inspectors Manufacturing Managers Management Analysts Sales Representatives
Psychiatric Aides Woodworking Machine Operators Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers Bus and Truck Mechanics, Diesel Engine Specialists Loan Interviewers and Clerks Industrial Machinery Mechanics Software Developers, Applications Computer Information Systems Managers
Medical Assistants Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers Reservation and Ticket Agents Chief Executives Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers Business Operations Specialists Database Administrators
Medical Secretaries Sales Representatives Cost Estimators Flight Attendants Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Driver/Sales Workers Computer Systems Analysts Market Research Analysts
Dental Assistants First-Line Supervisors of Production Workers General and Operations Managers Office Clerks Sales Representatives Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers Customer Service Representatives